philanthropy.com 04 Jan, 2021 16:15 am

Philanthropy Favors Traditional Public Schools Over Public Charter Schools, Study Finds

Traditional public schools received an average of $3,090 in philanthropic support compared with $1,680 for public charter schools, a 46 percent disparity, according to a new study.

Print Philanthropy Favors Traditional Public Schools Over Public Charter Schools, Study Finds Traditional public schools received an average of $3,090 in philanthropic support compared with $1,680 for public charter schools, a 46 percent disparity, according to a new study.The research was funded in part by a grant from the Walton Family Foundation, which has poured millions of dollars into efforts to bolster charter schools and alternatives to traditional public schools.“Almost all of the philanthropy that goes to the charter sector goes to one-third of the public charter schools,” said Wolf.“It seems like there are charter-school systems that philanthropic organizations are investing heavily in, and a lot of independent, mom-and-pop charter schools aren’t receiving anything in philanthropy now.

” The report examined eight major metro-area school systems that operate both traditional and charter schools, ranging from New York City, the largest, to Little Rock, Ark.Some of the philanthropic disparities, Wolf hypothesized, may be due to the fact that smaller charter schools and charter-school systems often lack the administrative capacity to apply for charitable grants.

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